By Cameron Cullen, Image Property
There’s no question that Queensland has become the home of Australian sport over the past six months.
There were so many teams, from so many different sporting codes, that decamped to the Sunshine State that it’s been a bit hard to keep up – let alone watch all of the games played here!
In Redcliffe, a landmark partnership was also signed between the Redcliffe Dolphins with the New Zealand Warriors rugby league teams, which is set to benefit both organisations.
The deal will enable outstanding young players from Queensland and New Zealand to benefit from the best pathways structure available in the game.
Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George believes the Redcliffe Dolphins are the “perfect partners” for the NZ-based club because the two teams share the same big dreams.
“Redcliffe is a hugely successful club with a big talent pool and well-established senior and junior pathways,” Mr George says.
“We have to improve as an organisation to achieve the expectations we have of ourselves. We need to be different and do things differently to secure the future we see for our great club.”
Dolphins CEO Tony Murphy says the Redcliffe Dolphins aim will be to help the Warriors win an elusive NRL premiership as well as establish an Australian base at Dolphin Stadium.
“Outside of footy the benefits to both our regions with tourism and business is something our council is very excited about,” he says.
In the deal, the clubs will align their pathway programs to capture talent to achieve long-term on-field success.
Staff from both clubs will also work closely together to create better opportunities for personal development.
In further proof that rugby league has a big future in the Moreton Bay region, the completion of the 11,500 capacity Dolphin Stadium has ramped up the Redcliffe club’s chances of joining the NRL competition.
The recent completion of the northern stand means that the Redcliffe Dolphins are in with a chance to become the 17th team, and the second Southeast Queensland one, in the NRL in 2022 or 2023.
Under the NRL bid proposal, the Dolphins would play some games at their home stadium – less than 30 minutes from the Brisbane Airport – and others at Suncorp Stadium, while also look at taking games further north to Sunshine Coast Stadium.
About Cameron Cullen
Cameron’s former NRL career consolidated his work ethic, dedication and commitment – personal attributes that set him apart from other real estate professionals.
He enjoys being involved with his local community through his current captaincy of the Redcliffe Dolphins rugby league team.
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